Bra shopping, for a lot of people, falls somewhere on the emotional spectrum between flat-out disappointing and completely traumatic, and the same could be said for wearing said bras. Many women are wearing uncomfortably tight bras that dig into their skin, straps that don’t stay on their shoulders, cup wrinkles, underwire poking the sides of your breasts, a band that rides up, cup spillage, or a bra that hikes up when you lift and cause awkward spillage situations—and then tire off as soon as they get home.
Much of this can be traced back to the lingerie store: if you don’t know how to find the right bra (or even the right bra size! ), you won’t get the best one for you. Knowing how to measure your bra size should be taught to us, right? If no one ever taught you how to don’t worry I got you covered. The best part being, you can do it at the comfort of your house.
Step 1: MEASURE YOUR BAND SIZE
Using a measuring tape, measure around your torso directly under your bust, where a bra band would sit, while braless or wearing a non-padded bra. The tape should be tight and level. To the nearest whole number, round up. If the number is an even number, add four inches. If it’s an odd number, multiply it by five. The total of this calculation is your band size. (For example, if you are 32 inches, your band size is 36. If you are 33 inches, your band size is 38).
Step 2: MEASURE YOUR BUST
Wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your bust (touching the nipple level). Round it the nearest whole number.
Step 3: CUP SIZE CALCULATION
Subtract your calculated band size (Step 1) from your bust measurement (Step 2) and consult the bra cup size chart. Your bra size is the combination of your band size and your cup size.
For instance, 37 inches (bust) minus 34 inches (band) equals 3 inches. This is 34C.
Step 4: SIZE HACKS
Go up one band size if you need to go down a cup size for fit, and vice versa. For example, if a 34C is too big in the cups for you, try a 36B. Use this bra size chart to ensure that you are moving up or down a bra size correctly, and keep in mind that your bra size may vary slightly depending on the brand or type of bra you are wearing. Finding the ideal fit may necessitate some trial and error.
HOW TO MAKE SURE YOU’RE WEARING THE CORRECT SIZE
- Bend forward at the waist, then slip on and hook the bra. This ensures that your breasts are completely submerged in the cups.
- The band should be adjusted. The back of the bra should be at the same level as the front.
- Check that the bra is not too big. Only one finger should be able to slide underneath the band.
- Repair any sagging straps. Tighten the band first, then shorten the straps.
- Put on a tight-fitting shirt over your bra. You are not wearing the correct bra size if the cups pucker or your breasts bulge.
- In a mirror, look at yourself from the side. The position of your breasts should be midway between your shoulders and elbows. If not, you need a bra that is more supportive and fits better.
Now that you’re aware of how the right bra fits and how to measure your bra size, never wear the wrong size again. Measure yourself every 3 months to always be on your top bra game. That’s all for today lovelies, go measure yourselves and comment below how many of you were wearing the incorrect sizes.